Although many popular Celtic Knots have a rough history we can trace, there is one lesser-known Celtic symbol whose historical background really is a mystery.
That Celtic Knot is the Serch Bythol. It is even possible that the Serch Bythol could be a modern creation but we just don’t know for sure. There just is not much factual evidence that tells us whether this Celtic design dates back to the ancient Celts of Ireland.
Celtic Knots are adored worldwide and have weaved their way back into modern pop culture. Used to decorate clothing, jewelry, and even our bodies with Celtic-inspired Tattoos, it is hard to deny that Celtic Knots are as powerful as they are beautiful.
If you want to know more about the stunningly mysterious Celtic Serch Bythol Symbol, keep reading.
What Is The Serch Bythol?
The Serch Bythol Symbol is actually the product of blending two more popular Celtic symbols. Using two Triquetra knots, also known as trinity knots, and intertwining them, you create the beautiful search Bythol.
The trinity knot is thought to represent internal life, spiritual unity, and the holy trinity and, unlike the Serch Bythol, is definitely an ancient Celtic symbol. This is where the symbolism of the Serch Bythol Symbol seems to have flourished.
By design, the Serch Bythol is beautifully intricate and features two horizontally pointing tips, while the remaining parts of the blended triquetra knots create a perfect central circle with intertwined details in the middle.
However, with next to no factual evidence that actually tells us where or when the Serch Bythol was first created, it’s hard to say whether these Celtic Knots were used by the ancient Celts or if it is a product of modern Irish culture. Although, I am inclined to be swayed more toward the latter.
Either way, it does not dampen its beauty and meaning.
What Does The Serch Bythol Symbolise?
Regardless of where the Celtic Serch Bythol Symbol holds its roots, it has become a beautiful symbol loved for its meaning.
However, because of its hazy history or lack thereof, the Serch Bythol symbolism is pretty open to interpretation, so here we will give you ours.
The ancient Celtic design, the trinity knot, symbolizes eternal life, the holy trinity, spiritual unity, and the three parts of the human experience – mind, body, and spirit.
Everything important and powerful to the Celts came in groups of threes, and this is clearly shown with these three-cornered knots. So, it seems obvious that the Serch Bythol Symbol draws some of its symbolism from the two trinity knots it has been crafted with.
The Serch Bythol is thought to represent eternal love and has actually become the go-to Celtic symbol for this representation.
The appearance of two triquetra knots coming together to form one is thought to symbolize the commitment of two people when they get married, and the endless design of the knot signifies their everlasting love for one another.
These closely intertwined parts represent the mind, body, and spirit of each person as they form a new being. However, because the two triquetras still maintain some form of separation, this is thought to symbolize the individuality of each person in their union.
There are not actually any ancient Celtic symbols that represent family but there are a few modern creations, including the Serch Bythol Symbol.
The Serch Bythol is a symbol often passed from one family member to another as a representation of the importance of familial ties – to each other and your Celtic ancestry. This is often a symbol handed down from parents to their children, as many believe the Serch Bythol symbolizes the father, the mother, and the child.
Serch Bythol And Religion
Celtic symbols have long been a part of religion. Both as the artwork of the ancient Celtic pagans as well as an important part of the Insular art that came with the new Christian beliefs towards the end of traditional Celtic culture.
The Book of Kells, which can still be viewed in Dublin, Ireland, is a prime example of how intertwined Knot designs and Christian beliefs were at one point. The ornate knotwork that surrounds each page of the Book of Kells manuscript is both beautiful and spiritual.
You can even find many Celtic Knots carved into stones and monuments that still stand around the Celtic nations today.
However, the Celtic Serch Bythol is quite unlikely to have even been created this long ago and probably has very little connection to any Celtic religions or those that came after.
Instead, we see this beautiful symbol as a creation of modern Celtic culture, which has seen a recent boom in popularity as people have begun to reconnect with their ancestry.
Short History Of The Serch Bythol
Not much is known about most Celtic symbols, the ancient Irish people are pretty mysterious and much of what we believe about ancient Celtic culture, their artwork, and their beliefs is pretty much theory we have garnered from the small number of things that have survived all these years.
What we do know is that many of the Celtic designs we know and love were likely to have been created far closer to when the Celts began to adopt Christianity than to their actual arrival in Ireland. We also know that they had a strong affinity for the symbolism their knots and beliefs represented.
They could be powerful totems to repel illness and disease or just artwork that symbolized1 their deities.
However, when it comes to the Celtic Serch Bythol Symbol, there is even less factual evidence of where it began and whether it was even a symbol that the ancient Celts created.
Because of this, and to err on the side of caution, it is quite possible that the Serch Bythol was a symbol that did not come about until very recently, at least in the last couple of hundred years.
Regardless of this symbol’s hazy history, it has become a symbol well-loved by the Celtic community for its meanings of eternity, family, eternal love, and the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
How Is The Serch Bythol Used Today?
Much like many other Celtic knot designs, the Serch Bythol Symbol is commonly engraved onto traditional Celtic jewelry. Just like the Claddagh ring, a jewelry piece that has become a traditional gift to loved ones, the Serch Bythol is also a design that is perfect as a gift to a loved one.
As well as accessory pieces, the Serch Bythol can be found woven into Celtic-inspired clothing, accessories, and homewares for those who wish to honor their ancestry through their home and their fashion choices.
But, many of us like to celebrate our Celtic roots with a little more permanence. That is why this symbol, as well as many others, have become popular as Celtic-inspired tattoos.
Celtic tattoo work has been popular for a long time, but with the resurgence of pride in Celtic ancestry, more and more people have leaped and gotten Serch Bythol tattoos.
I have come across many different questions that people have when it comes to the elusive Serch Bythol Symbol, so below are some of the common ones that you may have.
Does The Serch Bythol Symbolise Love?
Yes, this beautiful symbol is thought to symbolise the everlasting love between two people, as well as each soul within their committed union.
The Serch Bythol is also used to represent the love and connection between family members, particularly between parents and their children. Even though this symbol has little history, these are widely accepted symbolisms.
Is The Serch Bythol An Ancient Symbol?
It is very unlikely that the Serch Bythol Symbol is an ancient Celtic one. Most Celtic symbols that we know came from that time have at least one of two pieces of evidence that connects them to the ancient Celts. The Serch Bythol however has very little proof that it would ever have been used by the Celts.
However, that is not to say that something may be unearthed at some time that proves it is an ancient symbol but right now it is commonly thought of as a more modern creation.
Is The Serch Bythol Irish?
Although most knots of Celtic design is thought to be Irish some aren’t and others are more of a universal Celtic design. The Serch Bythol actually gets its name from the old Celtic Welsh language. The word Serch means Love and Bythol means Everlasting. Even in modern Welsh, or Cymraeg as it is known in Wales, Serch Bythol means nevertheless evergreen. So, it is more likely that the Serch Bythol would be a symbol from Wales originally, than Ireland.
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